Ariel Zamonsky


Juana Pires Rafael



Ariel & Juana

The acoustic duet (Ariel Zamonsky on Double bass and Juana Pires Rafael on vocals) generates a sense of intimacy with the listener through the exploration of the vast possibilities of dynamic and emotional range.

Each performance is different, as improvisation is one of the main ingredients and the expression varies from deep, sometimes even visceral, to celestial crystal-clear sounds.

The repertoire presented navigates through traditional south American folklore, the North American song book (jazz standards) and original compositions.

Ariel Zamonsky
Double Bass

Ariel Zamonsky

Ariel Zamonsky is an Argentinean bass player who relocated to South Africa in 2005, where he studied Jazz at T.U.T. There he met musicians such as Tumi Mogorosi, Sibusile Xaba and Nhlanhla Mahlangu.

In 2011 he had a residency backing pianist Andile Yenana, who taught him a lot. He was also mentored by Afrika Mkhize, Nduduzo Makhathini, Ayanda Sikade, Marcus Wyatt and Feya Faku among others.

He participated in various recordings, three of them nominated for SAMA best jazz album award; Makhathinis mother tongue, Mlangeni's Bhekhisiswe and Mavundla's Luhambo.

He also recorded with Shabaka Hutching on the album Wisdom of Elders. In 2017 the band toured three times in Europe and North America playing at major Jazz festivals like Montreaux, Montreal, Jazz a Juan, New York Winter jazz fest, Afropunk and others.

In 2016, in collaboration with Argentinian vocalist Juana Pires Rafael, they started their own project, exploring the musical connetion between Africa and South America. From this studies they inspired their own compositions and recorded the soon to be released album"Between Two Worlds", with the support of the Argentinean ministry of culture.

Juana Pires Rafael

Juana Pires Rafael

Born in Argentina, Juana relocated to South Africa in debut 2016 in order to work on this duet project and learn about so African music. Her love for music is visible in every performance she delivers. She has travelled across the world, engaging with different types of music and musicians, which gives her a quite distinct and unique tone that is rooted in her Latino roots.


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